NER Out Loud animates stories and poetry with vocal performances, celebrating the artistic exchange between text and voice. NER Out Loud is the official podcast of the New England Review
Episode 25: Joan Leegant
Hosted by Gavin Richards and Cali Jantzen, this episode features Joan Leegant reading an excerpt of her story "Wild Animals," followed by a short interview.
The conversation explores the volatile nature of family, Leegant's unique syntax, loyalty to the sentence, the writer as an "unconscious" medium, and the author's advice on discovering one's own process.
"Wild Animals" was first published in NER 44.2 (summer 2023).
Episode 24: Nessa O'Mahony
Irish poet Nessa O'Mahony reads her poem "Cillín," published in NER 44.2, followed by an interview with summer interns Cali Jantzen and Gavin Richards.
Their discussion traverses the “hidden histories” of Ireland, the politics of memory, and the role of poetry in reckoning with the past.
The poem appears in NER's special feature "The Door Left Wide: Poets in Tribute to Eavan Boland."
Episode 23: El Williams III
El Williams III reads his poem "There Was a Brood," followed by an interview with Yardena Carmi.
Their discussion explores writing about place and personal experience, as well as the poet's inspirations for this piece, which turns car trouble, summer heat, and a brood of cicadas into poetry.
Episode 22: Katie Moulton
Katie Moulton reads an excerpt from her essay "The Elvis Room" (NER 43.3), followed by a conversation with host, Becca Clark.
The author discusses her writing and editing processes, memorializing her dad, her family's fascination with Elvis Presley, and more.
Episode 21: A. E. Kulze
Fiction writer A. E Kulze reads from her story "The Ladybugs," followed by a conversation with podcast hosts Andrew Grossman and Kate Sadoff.
Kulze talks about her writing process, the role of the unconscious in forming the whole, and the joy of a perfect editorial cut. She also speaks more broadly about gender and domesticity, the failures of contemporary feminism, and the Desert Mothers, who've been largely forgotten to history.
"The Ladybugs" was published in NER 43.2 (summer 2022).
Episode 20: Milia Ayache & Amina Hassan
Hosts Andrew Grossman and Kate Sadoff present an excerpt from the play "Splits/kin," co-authored by Milia Ayache and Amina Hassan, followed by a conversation with the authors.
They talk about their process of collaboration, the influence of fairy tales and founding myths, and the global love affair between fathers and their television sets.
The excerpt from the play is performed by Leslie Sainz and Andrew Grossman.
"Splits/kin" was originally published in NER 43.2 (summer 2022) as part of the international feature on Lebanese writers.
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Super soothing highly entertaining
Stories are well read, the sound is clear and well put together. It’s really great if you have a project and want a dynamic podcast that sort of just tells you stories. All different kinds of writing forms and styles.